In the past 20 years, the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) has been committed to further developing the implementation of restorative justice in Europe. The year 2020, year of its 20th anniversary, finds the EFRJ, as other organisations and networks around the globe, facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in our communities and in particular in criminal justice and restorative justice matters. In this crisis, the restorative justice movement faces new challenges, but also new opportunities. The most obvious opportunity is to make its restorative justice practices accessible through the digital world. For this reason, some EFRJ members initiated a series of virtual exchanges of good practices while others contributed to the #SolidarityOverDistance campaign with their personal and professional testimonies about the impact of the current crisis. Once more, these initiatives highlight the immense knowledge, expertise and human connection of our community.
We would like to go one step further with the aim of “Looking Forward” to restorative justice in the aftermath of the pandemic emergency crisis, through a series of webinars that will focus on the lessons learnt in this period and the role of restorative justice. The webinars will bring together experts, testimonies and practitioners and revolve around questions such as: What have we discovered about our societies during the pandemic? What strengths and what weaknesses were exposed in our societies? What opportunities and what threats do these discoveries present for restorative justice? What should be the contribution of restorative justice once the crisis is over, and how should we start to prepare now?

1.           Looking forward to Sassari 2021 (26 June 18-19h)
2.           Confinement, isolation and social distancing (2 July 18-19h)
3.           Violence, hate and othering (23 September 17-18h) 
4.           Social inequalities, vulnerabilities, and solidarity (TBC)

The webinars are recorded and uploaded on this page a week after the live event. 

Practical information

These webinars are in English.  Please click on the webinar's title to receive more information and register. They are free of charge, but registration is compulsory.

Webinars will be held on a secure platform, the Blackboard Collaborate (limited to 250 participants). You will receive the link to this platform directly in your email after registering.

Please register half day before the webinar starts to receive a reminder to attend the webinar. Registrations close half hour before the webinar starts.

Looking Forward to Sassari 2021

Webinar, 26th June 2020

The first volume of the EFRJ 'Looking Forward' webinar series presented the work of the local organising team of the international conference in Sassari (postponed to 2021). In the week when the webinar took place the attendees of the conference would have normally been all together in Sassari, if the global pandemic would not have obliged us to change plans.  The following speakers contributed to the webinar:

  • Tim Chapman (EFRJ Chair) – Impressions of Sardinian restorative experiences; 
  • Patrizia Patrizi (EFRJ Board member) – The Team delle Pratiche di Giustizia Riparativa in Sassari University; 
  • Giulia Brandinelli (Archivio Maria Lai) Relational art of Sardinian artist Maria Lai; 
  • Gian Luigi Lepri (Sassari University & PsicoIus) – Nuchis prison and Tempio Pausania Restorative City; 
  • Ernesto Lodi (Sassari University & PsicoIus) – Restorative justice and well-being
  • Host: Emanuela Biffi (European Forum for Restorative Justice. 

Confinement, isolation and social distancing,

Webinar, 2 July 2020

Anna Matczak (Poland) – moderator
Geertjan Zuijdwegt (Belgium) – on prisoners’ experiences of the crisis
Sharon Daniel (USA) – new art project in prison during covid-19

The EFRJ and all its activities, including this webinar series,
receive support by the Justice Programme of the European Union.